Could the shooting at a Philadelphia nightclub parking lot have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims families? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A shooting in a Philadelphia, PA nightclub parking lot early Tuesday morning, December 28, 2021 caused the death of two men.
As reported by 6ABC.com, “[the shooting] happened around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of Club Risque on the 5900 block of Tacony Street.”
According to the report, “[a]rriving officers located an unresponsive 32-year-old male shooting victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his head and left leg. He was taken to Temple University Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police were then notified of a second shooting victim, a 42-year-old male, who had been taken by a private car to Jefferson Frankford Hospital. He was pronounced dead a short time later.”
Fox29.com is reporting, “Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector…explained the shooting was visible on club surveillance cameras and the shooting took place in the parking lot, after the club closed. 22 spent shell casings were found scattered throughout the parking lot and a loaded magazine was also found.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Nightclub and parking lot patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the property is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this shooting may have been prevented. The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:
- Have prior incidents of violence been reported on or near the property, and, if so, were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
- Did the property have adequate security in place at the time of the shooting?
- What security measures, such as visible surveillance cameras, and security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises. Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, the families of the deceased victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their loss.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed. The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that the families of the deceased victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.
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